Lt-Col. Charles "Bill" Courtenay Coade

(S/N 117368)

Lt Charles “Bill” Courtenay Coade, formerly of the South Staffordshire Regiment, was serving as Troop Subaltern with No.6 Troop of No.6 Commando from 20th September 1940, and is noted as being appointed to Captain on 24th June 1941.

From 25th April 1942 until 23rd May 1942 Capt. Charles Coade was attached to No.5 Commando.

He was reported as being hospitalised from the 23rd December 1942 having fallen down a railway embankment at Sedjenane and injuring his back.

He was promoted to A/Major by Lt-Col. Derek Mills-Roberts on 10th March 1943 to be effective from 26th February 1943. He became the 2nd-in-Command of No.6 Commando from 26th February 1943.

He was wounded in his face by a German stick grenade whilst attempting to storm an enemy pillbox in Normandy on 6th June 1944.  After only five weeks of recuperating from his injuries he returned to uptake his Adjutant duties, however, since being injured his replacement Tony Lewis had been promoted to OC of No.6 Commando.  Therefore, on his return on 8th August 1944 he was promoted to Lt-Colonel and to become the OC of No.6 Commando. 

Due to recurring ill health problems sustained from his severe head injuries received on D-Day he relinquished command of No.6 Commando back to Tony Lewis on 8th January 1945.

After further recuperation he was posted to No.2 Commando from 12th August 1945, and was released from Military Service on 21st May 1946.

Lt-Col. Charles Coade passed away in 1967, and is buried at Holy Trinity Church, near Millon, Cumberland. He is commemorated on a plaque to “Operation Paddle” on the War Memorial in the village of Douville-En-Auge, Normandy, France.